Since V for Vendetta was recently released on DVD, I've found myself asking a deep, philosophical question. How many other actresses shaved their heads or went totally bald for the sake of the cinematic arts? It turns out there were quite a few. I found nine worth mentioning and eventually decided to drop Robin Tunney (Empire Records) and Demi Moore (G.I. Jane) to runner-up status.

1. Maria Falconetti in The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Falconetti set the tone for bald chicks for generations to come; many critics have singled out hers as the greatest movie performance of all time. Most of the movie is in close-up and you find yourself looking more at her haunted eyes than you do her close-cropped dome.

2. Constance Towers in The Naked Kiss (1964)

In the opening moments of Samuel Fuller's crime classic, prostitute Kelly (Towers) swings away with her purse at the camera, beating the living tar out of some john who refuses to pay her. At some point during the scuffle, the victim reaches out and snatches her hair right off the top of her head! She's bald as a cue ball! (She then spends the entire credit sequence re-arranging her wig.) It's likely that Ms. Towers actually wore a skin wig (Fuller probably didn't pay enough to warrant a real shave), but the force of this sequence alone earns it a spot on the list.

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